Lynn Benedictson of the Comox Valley has received a distinguished service award from Golf B.C. for contributions to the development of the sport in Zone 6, especially her work with juniors.
Benedictson started her volunteer career around 1988 when her sons started playing the game. She played and volunteered with the junior boys at Comox Golf Club.
Lynn became a board member when Jack MacDonald was president, and a board director in 1998. She served on many committees, mainly the Championship Committee and Women’s Fund Committee. During that time she was also actively involved with the juniors.
When the board changed focus and developed a new concept for golf in B.C., Benedictson stepped up and became Zone 6 council rep for the BCGA and the Zone 6 men’s executive.
She studied and wrote exams for the Rules Levels, and continues her education by updating her knowledge with refresher courses. Benedictson is Level Four qualified and spends many weekends at tournaments as rules chair for B.C. Golf and Golf Canada tournaments. Before events commence, Lynn helps prepare the course for tournament play.
Benedictson has volunteered at PGA Qualifier tournaments the last five years. She is often in the Pacific Northwest officiating at a PNGA event.
“Lynn is always even tempered and cheerful as she guides golfers through the rules during tournaments,” a news release states. “She really makes them feel that the rules are there to help them. Lynn is also a great mentor, never judgmental, always helpful to everyone. If a golfer needs a place to stay while playing in a tournament, Lynn’s door is always open.”
She is sometimes known by the juniors as Gramma B, by billets as Auntie Lynn and by friends as a great woman.